By Daniel Canty
Chinese shipping line cites significant cargo growth and demand in region.
Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has announced a new service providing direct links to the Straits, Middle East and India out of Shanghai. The service which will call at Bandar Abbas in Iran, and Dubai's Jebel Ali will be launched on February 1, 2008, and is named the "Asia India Middle East Service 2" (AIM-2).
The new route will supply additional frequency to and from China and the Middle East, a solid economic indicator of anticipated demand in the Gulf region for Asian produced goods. Aim-2 will be the fourth OOCL service providing links from Asia to the Middle East.
"We have seen significant growth in cargo movement in the subcontinent and Middle East markets," said Michael Kwok, OOCL's director of Intra-Asia Trade. "The introduction of the new Asia Middle East Service is to meet customers' requirements and their future needs in these fast-growing markets."
The port rotation of Aim-2 will include Shanghai, Qingdao and Hong Kong out of China, and calls in Singapore and Malaysia en route to Iran and Dubai's principal container terminals. Additional calls in Sri Lanka and India will aid Middle East - subcontinent trade links.
Six ships with capacity of 2500 TEU will be deployed on the service, which is to be jointly operated with Emirates Shipping Lines and TS Lines.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.